Hey, if we had pics to work with, that would take the challenge out of this
When you pick up sts, do you pick them all up and then knit them, or do you do it 1 at a time? I pick them all up, first, and then knit or purl them as required. So let's go back to that neckband example-- if you have to pick up, say, 60 sts, then I pick them all up so that I can be sure they're evenly spaced. So now I've got 60 sts on my left needle. Then treat them as if they were live sts
, and just start purling away.
What pattern are you using, and where are you in it?